Beth Avary in the Press

Excerpts from “Fantasy At Has A Real Audience”
by Bill Beggs published in the June 2005 issue of Art Business News.

Wizards, Unicorns, Angels, Mermaids, Faries, Dragons. “Fantasy” art is all this and more.

When it comes to this genre of art, one can count on mind-boggling landscapes, imaginary galaxies from light-years-away, symbolism, hidden meaning – just not usually all in the same work of art.

Those who turn up their noses at the fanciful images categorized as “fantasy” art might do well to consider that nearly any work of art is fantastic, from Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”…

The spiritual dimension to much fantasy art is hard to ignore. Michael Parks, painter of what he calls “Magic Realism”, visits India annually with his wife to recharge and reflect…. His work challenges the concept of a linear existence, which makes some people uncomfortable.

‘Naturalistic Expressionism’
Others may squirm upon viewing art that bursts with color and unmistakable joy.

“A lot of people in the art world are afraid of the word ‘Love,’” Beth Avary states plainly. “I think they’re afraid of there being any meaning. It’s so out of fashion.”
Vibrant with color and motion, she calls her style “naturalistic expressionism”. Many of her landscapes are evocative of her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, where the fog rolls in from the coast late in the afternoon. Others are from the edge of a galaxy far, far away. Her “Space Art” collection includes imaginary planetary landscapes, skies with double moons overhead, impossibly tall, spire-like mountains.

Impossible? Imaginary? Says who? Avary gently challenges the visitors to her Web site who stop to view these images: “This scene is from an imagined planet somewhere in our galaxy. Astronomers have recently discovered a planet orbiting a nearby star. In time they may discover that many stars have planets. Perhaps one of them looks something like this.”

…For Beth Avary, her art should make people happy. If they derive a deeper meaning from it, well, that’s OK, too.

“The payoff is when people cherish it,” she says. “I had one very sick woman who said she loved looking at (my art) – it just made her feel better.”

“I don’t think you can be depressed if you feel love.”

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